Despite making up the majority of university graduates in our country, women account for only thirty nine per cent of those holding a degree in the STEM fields, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics. An Alberta expat is on a life-long mission to change that.

After making progress during her tenure at the University of Albeta and later at UBC, Dr Maria Klawe went south of the border with the goal of closing the gender gap.

After spending time at Princeton and sitting on the boards of Microsoft, Broadcom and the non-profit Math for America, Klawe now heads up Harvey Mudd College one of the premier engineering, science and mathematics colleges in the United States.